October 27, 2009

Chikuzen-Ni-Like Simmered Dish/筑前煮のような煮物

For supper tonight, my wife made this nimono (simmered dish). I knew it was chikuzen ni, and I also knew she was good at making it, but I thought something was missing. So, I asked, "What dish is this?" She replied, "It's a chikuzen-ni-like simmered dish." She added that gobo (burdock root) was missing.

Chikuzen ni usually includes chicken, renkon (lotus root), gobo (burdock root), carrot, and konnyaku. These and other ingredients are first fried in oil, and then simmered in a broth seasoned with soy sauce, sugar, etc.
Here is one trick for having a very slippery ingredient: Stab one chopstick into the ingredient and pinching it with another. Doing so is considered acceptable.

Note, however, that it is considered bad manners to stab both chopsticks into the ingredient.


Brent said...

I love the etiquette tips! Proper chopsticks handling is delicate business for me.

Mama said...

I like this kind of dish a lot! Very yummy and healthy. :)

Hiroyuki said...

Brent: Take it easy! No one kicks you out of the house even if you make some big mistake!

Hiroyuki said...

pink: Do you? I like dishes full of vegetables (and mushrooms)!